Lynda Acquires Compilr. Now what Atomic Learning?

compilr_and_lyndaI am currently on a committee at my university to compare the offerings of training platforms like and Atomic Learning. Be sure you check out a previous posting, vs. Atomic Learning which describes my personal key reasons for hoping my university will renew their past subscription to Lynda. But now there yet another reason!

It was just announced on April 8th from Website Magazine that Lynda has just acquired, Compilr. “The acquisition of Compilr reflects our dedication to providing members the best way to learn across a variety of segments, whether we build or buy to achieve those goals,” Eric Robison, president and CEO of, said in a statement. “We recognize the growing market demand for programming language instruction and are committed to providing a broad range of high-quality computer programming courses. This aligns with our learning philosophy and allows us to maintain and grow our market leadership.”

What is so cool about something like Compilr? From the browser, you can write and test code which could integrate into a user’s online learning as we are viewing courses on Lynda. Not you don’t have to switch between the video and your IDE. Online training providers like Atomic Learning are going to need to think of simmilar ways to entice keep their users.


About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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4 Responses to Lynda Acquires Compilr. Now what Atomic Learning?

  1. Jay H says:

    What did you all decide on? Atomic or Lynda?

    • DaveHallmon says:

      We ended up going with because of their course offerings and the experts from the industry that they have as the content for their videos. Is your institution trying to make the same decision?

      • Jay H says:

        Yeah, they seem to be the two biggest players on the block. We’re a K-12 institution looking at using these tools, and it looks like the DOE would subsidize Atomic Learning but not Lynda, which is too bad since I’m leaning in that direction myself…

        You mentioned that you had Atomic Learning and that people were unhappy — are those concerns alleviated through Lynda? Are people satisfied with the service?

  2. DaveHallmon says:

    Many instructors didn’t have the supplements that they needed from Atomic. Or if Atomic did have a video series to their topic it wasn’t covering the material that they needed. Faculty has rejoiced now that we have Lynda back.

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